Statesman States"man (-man), n.; pl. {Statesmen} (-men). 1. A man versed in public affairs and in the principles and art of government; especially, one eminent for political abilities. [1913 Webster]

The minds of some of our statesmen, like the pupil of the human eye, contract themselves the more, the stronger light there is shed upon them. --Moore. [1913 Webster]

2. One occupied with the affairs of government, and influential in shaping its policy. [1913 Webster]

3. A small landholder. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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